Refugee family now in Chicago shares experiences of fleeing persecution

CHICAGO (CNS) — The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. An al Qaida-related group called BLA targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told to embrace Islam or leave the country.


At audience, pope leads prayers for migrants, trafficking victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Marking the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave, Pope Francis urged Christians to help victims of human trafficking and migrants, especially the Rohingya people being chased from Myanmar.


Growth of U.S. Hispanic population a blessing for Church, says speaker

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Hispanics in the Catholic Church are not a problem to be solved, but a blessing and an opportunity, said Hosffman Ospino in a Jan. 30 talk at The Catholic University of America in Washington.


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